President Joe Biden came out on Monday to condemn the recent attacks on Jewish communities in the United States and abroad.
“The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad- it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”
The antisemitic attacks have coincided with tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. Many Jews have been attacked by pro-Palestinian protestors while attending pro-Israel rallies in recent days.
Last Thursday, a Jewish man was beaten by a mob of the supporters of the “Free Palestine” movement who allegedly made antisemitic statements, punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed, and hit him with crutches. The victim was later hospitalized.
Across the globe, there have been similar attacks on Jews recently. In the United Kingdom, for example, antisemitic incidents have reportedly increased by 500%.
Biden didn’t immediately respond to the attacks. For days he kept silent and faced mounting pressure from advocacy organizations like the Orthodox Union, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Jewish Committee, and Hadassah.
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